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Two Sacramento Men Receive Prison Sentences Of Over 17 Years & 18 Years Respectively For Roles In Attempted Robbery Of Armored Vehicle Guard

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Court Judge William B. Shubb today sentenced Sacramento residents Raymell Lamar Eason, 44, to 18 years and eight months in prison; and Keith Lamont Smith, 38, to 17 years and eight months in prison for conspiring to rob an armored car and attempted robbery of an armored car, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Wong and Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

According to court documents, on April 17, 2012, Eason and Smith planned to rob an armored car in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Florin Road in Sacramento. Having conducted surveillance on prior occasions, the two men planned to use a Taser gun on an armored car guard. They waited for the guard to leave the Wal-Mart with its currency deposits, and then Eason shot the guard with the Taser. Smith waited nearby in the getaway vehicle. However, the guard recovered faster than anticipated and was able to shoot Eason. Eason was arrested after the botched robbery, and Smith was arrested later the same day.

Both defendants were on federal supervision for prior criminal felony offenses at the time of the attempted robbery.
Updated April 8, 2015

Press Release Number: Docket #: 2:14-cr-241 WBS